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210. Secretary Shinseki’s Message to Gulf War Veterans.

August 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Gulf War, launched with Operation Desert Shield and followed by Operation Desert Storm. VA honors this milestone with a renewed commitment to improving our responsiveness to the challenges facing Gulf War Veterans.

First and foremost, VA is an advocate for Veterans – we are committed to finding innovative solutions to long standing issues and to empowering Veterans and other stakeholders to be a part of the solution.

VA recognizes and values the selfless service and sacrifice of Gulf War Veterans and their families, and continues our efforts to address the unique health needs of Gulf War Veterans.

Today, more than 250,000 Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans receive disability benefits from VA. VA has treated nearly 150,000 Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans for illnesses associated with their military service. We vow to reach more of these Veterans and have taken steps to do so. Earlier this year, VA proposed a new rule to make it easier for Gulf War-era Veterans to obtain disability compensation and related health care. This rule, once it takes effect, will grant presumptive service-connection for nine infectious diseases associated with military service in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan.

In addition, VA’s ongoing Gulf War research and Task Force efforts continue to examine multisymptom illnesses, and other conditions associated with service in this conflict. VA continues to participate in Federal research efforts on Gulf War illnesses, contributing more than $158 million of the $406 million in total Federal commitment.

VA is taking bold steps forward in how we consider and address the challenges facing Gulf War Veterans as well as the challenges facing all Veterans. Our commitment to the Nation’s Veterans is unwavering.

As your Secretary and fellow Veteran, I pay tribute to all of you who so bravely served and thank all Gulf War Veterans for their heroic efforts. Our Nation owes you a debt of gratitude. We acknowledge and honor the contributions of your service. Thank you.
–Eric K. Shinseki


145. Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina

 NC Governor Mike Easley


To Be Political… is not me

I am going to make a political statement for North Carolina.

Governor Mike Easley took close to 1 million dollars for a grant from VA and HUD to refer veterans back to his own state agencies. These monies did nothing more than go into other peoples pockets. These grants were earmarked for homeless veterans and then rediverted.

Creating a phone line to redirect caller veterans back to the VA or other state departments under the guise of the Governors Charities… or the Governors Trust whatever. 

  I have a Mike Easley story about how money paves the way… Continue reading ‘145. Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina’


135. Request your DD214 online


Dear Friends, Wanderingvets and Fellow Veterans:

Here is something I learned this week.

The National Personnel Records Center has now simplified the request process for DD Form 214 and other service records.

You may follow this link or come back to my Links at anytime in the future and request any service document you need.

They have simplified it to include all service records and medical records while on active duty as well.

Your Friend,


Ps. Someone let me know if this actually helps them!


132. Cities Losing Taxpayers to Homelessness


Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

In listening to the news about foreclosures being at its all time worst for the last 26 months, I have been wondering: Where all these homeowners have been going?

I have been reading about some creative homeless guys in Cleveland, Ohio who have been living in foreclosed homes that still have the power and water turned on. Does that make them homeless still?  Continue reading ‘132. Cities Losing Taxpayers to Homelessness’


131. Presidential Candidates Forget Vets Again

presidents.jpg Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

After the departure of a certain candidate from running for president, there has been total silence on homeless veterans among the political candidates running for office. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Others are suddenly silent for months regarding Homeless Veterans. Actually no candidates for office are talking about them anymore…

Since then, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. James Peake has announced a miracle of 21% reduction in veteran homelessness due to the fact that World War II and Korean War Veterans have died at a rate of over 1,000 a day. This supposedly reduced the number of homeless veterans by over 40,000. Good Job VA!

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson has stated in the 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report presented before Congress that: Homelessness remained level regardless of the fact that there was a 6% increase in population since the last survey.

Last evening on CNN there was over 40,000 foreclosures for February

During this accounting period for 2008 during what is a 90 day count for homelessness. According to the last year survey, at least for the month of February, 1,000 of those people excluding family members will have ended up in emergency shelters. If you add those from apartment evictions that is greater than 12,000 excluding family members. 

I do not understand how Mr. Jackson and HUD can say that Homelessness has stayed level after 26 straight months of record foreclosures and evictions from apartments. The only way the VA can say that Veteran Homelessness reduced was through the mortality rate and not through anything they have accomplished to relieve the statistic otherwise.



130. The VA’s New Definition of Homeless Veteran


Dear Friends and Wanderingvets

Well so far I am not impressed with Dr. James Peake and his leadership of the Veterans Administration. He has certainly made an effort to get those “fake homeless vets” off of his watch.

In just a few short months under his direction, he has shown this nation how to reduce Veteran Homelessness by re-writing the definition of what a Homeless Veteran is, or at least adding to the definition of the McKinney-Vento Act.

The NEW Definition of Veteran Homelessness is as follows:

Title 42, Chapter 119, Subchapter I, Subsection 11302 of the United States Code

(a) In general

For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual or homeless person” [1] includes-

(1) an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and

(2) an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is-

(A) a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);

(B) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or

(C) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

(b) Income eligibility

(1) In general

A homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under any program provided by this chapter, only if the individual complies with the income eligibility requirements otherwise applicable to such program.

(2) Exception

Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a homeless individual shall be eligible for assistance under title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 [29 U.S.C. 2801 et seq.].

(c) Exclusion

For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual” does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise detained pursuant to an Act of the Congress or a State law.
Continue reading ‘130. The VA’s New Definition of Homeless Veteran’


129. You can only be homeless 90 days a year


Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

I must stand to be corrected. It was not Senator Akaka that fired the first shot on March 7th, 2008 regarding the reduction in Homeless Veterans. It just so happened to be Secretary of the Veterans Affairs, (LTG ret.) Dr. James Peake on March 6th, telling us about how his agency saved 40,000 Homeless Veterans.

Dr. Peake made this statement while accepting the gavel to lead the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. This is a joint council of many U.S. government agencies that have some form of impact or deal with homelessness in some fashion. It is amazing to me that Dr. Peake made this announcement about the success of the VA in managing its Homeless Veterans with Secretary Jackson from HUD in the room. Remember, it is Secretary Jackson’s agency’s faulty report that has lead to Secretary Peake’s outrageous statement.
Continue reading ‘129. You can only be homeless 90 days a year’

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